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    Posted July 9, 2009 by
    vanceulen
    Location
    Bainbridge, Maryland
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    40th anniversary of a man on the moon

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    Greatest Historical Moment

     

    I remember anticipating a moon landing when I was a kid back in the 50s, watching old Disney predictions of what it would be like. So when It finally happened (40 years ago, when I was in the Navy) I made sure I would not miss a thing. I staked out my seat in front of the TV room at the enlisted club at Bainbridge (MD) Naval Training Center hours in advance and waited. Everybody knew the moment was special when Walter Cronkite got more excited that we ever saw him, before or since — and I was conscious of a significant moment in human history: every preoccupation of the era would someday be forgotten, but what we had seen would be remembered for thousands of years.

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